Here in California we are still sheltering in place but starting to look at how we can safely open back up. Each one of us around the world has been impacted one way or another by the pandemic. Of course, life at home has its perks. Yet there are challenges to the isolation and from being cut off from some of our usual rituals to help us stay grounded and connected. Not to mention the constant fear-inducing news of COVID-19’s worldwide effects.
Support is crucial at all times, even without a pandemic or any unusual life events. The challenge we are currently faced with is that we cannot access many of our regular ways of supporting ourselves at a time we need it most! Over the last 6 weeks, I’ve developed some go-to habits for support and I want to share some with you.
First, I make sure to walk. My husband and I get up early and we take our walk whilst it is quiet and our teenagers are still fast asleep!. Being outside has been vital to my health and wellbeing; my garden has never looked so good! Though I miss my swimming in so many ways, my three lane buddies and I have connected on Zoom calls to keep up our bond with each other. Early mornings at the pool have to wait for now.
I’ve been running a free weekly Zoom call, “Exploring Ways to Ground and Calm,” on Saturday mornings at 9 am PT. This has been a powerful way to connect with others remotely. Even as the facilitator, I’m gaining tremendously from the group atmosphere and in sharing insights that work for regaining peace in difficult times. I hope you can join us!
Since I’m a huge advocate for healthy compassionate touch, I encourage everyone to try self-massage. Taking time after your shower or bath to rub in lotion to your skin can be very nourishing. I have been enjoying sitting down in the evening and giving our cat, Oscar, chin rubs as he lies next to me. Massaging your feet before going to bed can help your nervous system relax as well as making your feet happy.
Another way to get support during this shelter-in-place period is by getting professional guidance virtually. I’m available for long-distance healing facilitation. With my training from the Healing from the Core curriculum, I can help you drop into your body, and use guided exploration to help you become aware of sensations and patterns. This kind of remote work provides relief and can ease tension and isolation.
Sometimes all we need is a little human connection. You can see my Instagram post on ways to connect with others despite the physical separation. And if you’re not already following me on social media, please do! Social media has been a lifeline for many during this time, keeping us in contact with friends, relatives, and community in trying times.
And for the hands-on practitioners reading this newsletter, I want to remind you that I’m running a two-part Zoom workshop on “Elements of a Successful Therapeutic Business During a Pandemic” with my colleague Robyn Scherr. The first session is May 5 at 9 am PT and there are still seats available. The goal of the calls is to help hands-on practitioners support clients now and to transition back to hands-on work whenever that time might be. In conversations tailored to answer your questions, we will discuss the fundamental business elements to unlock a successful private practice. And there will be plenty of time for questions and answers! Please join us!
Starting on May 11, I will be staffing a 6-day online class called the 5 Pillars of Long Distance Healing. Last week Suzanne and Lori completed teaching this class for the first time and I had a great time staffing this class. It was very well attended and was hugely helpful in supporting hands-on therapists in taking their skills to a long-distance setting.
In addition, I am facilitating a free weekly zoom call to provide support to our community of hands-on therapists. Email me if you are interested in joining us. And I’m offering one-on-sessions for practitioners to help your business thrive and support you in finding solutions for the personal and professional issues holding you back.
What have become your new lifelines during this time? I’d love to hear what kind of support you’ve found!